This Colourful Venue Leaves No One Indifferent

It’s probably the most striking interior design we have ever seen at a location: Hotel Room Mate Bruno. For this hotel, the monumental Pakhuismeesteren at the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam was transformed into a striking hotspot with an extravagant character. The concept was realized down to the smallest details, from the 217 hotel rooms to the 9 meeting rooms and the industrial Event Hall. Visit this venue and let yourself be amazed by the incredible design with its exuberant colours!

Striking design, full of subtle references

Those familiar with 'The Room Mate concept' know you can always expect something special from these hotels. Room Mate Hotels has a particular philosophy. According to them, a good hotel should be right in the heart of the city centre, it should have an original interior design and the rooms should be affordable. The hotels should feel as if you’re staying at the house of a friend. And in the same way everyone decorates their house to their own tastes, each Room Mate Bruno hotel has its own style. The result is a fast-growing chain of striking boutique hotels all over the world, each with its own unique character, atmosphere and appearance.

For the Rotterdam hotel, that character is 'Bruno': a captain who has traveled the seven seas - a reference to the history of the building, which is a tea warehouse for overseas trade. With this nautical theme in mind, interior designer Teresa Sapey created a striking design, full of subtle references to the history. Spices, for example, form a fitting decoration in the breakfast restaurant and elements of maritime navigation can be found in the hotel rooms. The decoration of the halls is spectacular. Hundreds of metres of wallpaper, with old Dutch sea charts printed on it, run into each other and form an impressive interplay of lines on the ceiling.

Industrial style Event Hall

Room Mate Bruno also has a lot to offer for business events. Instead of being hidden away in a separate floor of the hotel, as is the case in many hotels, the event rooms are scattered throughout the building. We find the Event Hall, for example, on the ground floor, right next to the 'Foodhallen' (an indoor street food market) in the same building. You can even link the Foodhallen by means of the folding doors, so you can enter this popular street food concept directly for lunch or dinner after a meeting. The interior of the Event Hall provides a strong contrast to the rest of the location. Where the rest of the hotel has a striking decoration, with lots of decorative elements, furniture, and exuberant colours, the Event Hall has a more industrial style and it can be decorated to your taste. This makes the space suitable for a wide range of events, from exchange fairs to expositions and from parties to product presentations.

Meeting rooms with a great view

On the third and fourth floor, we find the event rooms, which in turn are fully furnished and have the latest audiovisual capabilities and the option to arrange your own caterer. There are five more spaces on the third floor, which can be joined together to create one large hall of over 280 square metres. Four more spaces can be found on the fourth floor, which are also linkable by means of flexible walls. Finally, one more floor up, there’s a large terrace which provides a magnificent view of the Cruise Terminal and the Maas. All corner rooms also come with their own terrace, so you can go outside for some fresh air during a meeting.

Leave a lasting impression

The real eyecatcher of Room Mate Bruno is undoubtedly the Patio. This space can be found in the middle of the hotel, on the first floor, below a high glass ceiling. The space is designed as a ‘frozen garden’, completely blue, except for a tree with orange leaves. This space is over the top to the point where it feels almost unreal, as if you find yourself inside an abstract painting. It’s an incredible space to receive company, which is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Room Mate Bruno is the kind of venue you don’t see very often. The interior is exuberant, sometimes bordering on dazzlingly colourful. You can love it, you can hate it, but the curious thing is that it works - it fits the story of this special hotel. And that’s where Room Mate Bruno has succeeded in its design: creating a hotel that leaves no one indifferent.


Wilhelminakade 52,

3072 AR Rotterdam